The project aims to raise awareness on the gender implication of COVID-19 on communities and strengthen response mechanisms to the gender impact of the pandemic by July 2020. Education of women on safety needs for protection services including GBV and IPV prevention and mitigation is more likely to result in the reduction of infection and transmission of the Corona virus, hence reducing women’s vulnerability to contraction of COVID-19. Furthermore, this will reduce their susceptibility to GBV and IPV as primary caregivers to those infected by the virus. This will ultimately result in the reduction of risk of contraction and spread of COVID-19 virus as well as increasing preparedness of communities in responding to the pandemic.
Being a Community Activist under the SASA!Faith methodology has encouraged me to utilize my power within to address social injustice in my church. The church administration is now aware that power imbalances between men and women perpetuates GBV.
‘Being part of an ISAL group changed our lives for the better. Now I can provide for my family, make decisions at home and can afford to take my children through school. One of my girls (child) just completed her secondary education as a result of the proceeds I got from the IGAs I am running. Most importantly, my husband is very supportive in the business because he is the one who goes to sell our products as far as the mine sites riding on his bicycle. This has also strengthened our relationship as a couple’
Through engaging men in my village I have realised that unequal power relations in decision making puts women at risk of contracting HIV as they are unable to make decisions regarding their own bodies
“SASA! Faith has taught me to balance power in my relationship with my 2 wives. I am now able to consult my wives before making any major decisions. We now have a healthy relationship.”
Through the intervention, I’m now a confident young woman who is able to speak in front of people especially men.
We have now realised the need to participate in the development of our communities as women so that our issues can be heard.